The 2018 WPGA Assistant Professional of the Year is Dan Hastreiter of Whistling Straits. He is being recognized for his contributions to the game, to his facility and to the WPGA Section.
Hastreiter is a 2008 graduate of the PGA’s Professional Golf Management program at Florida State University. After completing his education he was hired at Blackwolf Run, where he spent the next six and half seasons before heading across Sheboygan to occupy his current role at Whistling Straits at the beginning of 2015.
The Pittsville, Wisconsin native had quite the year both on and off the job. As his experience has grown he has truly become a jack of many trades when it comes to his role at Whistling Straits. His first assistant duties include important tasks such as hiring, scheduling and training of over 50 employees, handling payroll submission for the golf operations staff, providing instruction and key oversight for the Kohler Golf Academy, assisting in daily tournament operations and serving as the manager on duty.
The list above is just a small sampling of the tasks that Hastreiter takes on throughout the year. Outside of the job Hastreiter has also spent time volunteering for the Wisconsin Assistant Golf Professional Association Board, WPGA Tournament Policy Board, Habitat for Humanity and the Harvest for Hungry event in Kohler, Wis.
He is also an active participant in Wisconsin Section tournaments. This past year saw him card an impressive runner-up finish in the WPGA Match Play Championship and he also teamed up with Whistling Straits Director of Golf, Mike O’Reilly to get the victory at the season ending Pro-Pro Scramble.
For Hastreiter this honor would not have been possible without the help of several PGA professionals along the way. Individuals such as Bret Knutson, David Albrecht, Dave Kemnitz and the aforementioned O’Reilly have had a great impact on molding him into the PGA professional he is today.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award. My parents, Mark and Julie, played the greatest role in shaping me as a person,” Hastreiter said. I owe a tremendous amount of credit to them and the PGA professionals I’ve worked under over the course of my career. I hope that they can be proud of what has resulted from their efforts and investment in me.”